On Thursday, May 14, author and conservationist Liz Cunningham visited St. Mark's as this month's Gray Colloquium speaker. She spoke on "Ocean Conservation, Globalization, and Hope for our Environmental Future."
After visiting classes and enjoying lunch with a group of interested students and faculty, Ms. Cunningham addressed the entire St. Mark's community in the School's Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall.
The C. Boyden Gray Colloquium Series is designed to engage St. Mark's students in an exploration of one complex global issue annually. Students hear from outside speakers with varying viewpoints, participate in small group discussions, write about and debate the issue, and take part in all-community events. C. Boyden Gray '60, former Board President and current Trustee, has committed $1.5 million to fund this annual yearlong learning exercise. St. Markers, Gray believes "should think in big terms and be inquisitive about the outside world." Gray, a former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, White House Counsel to the first President Bush, and recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, hopes that tackling these topics in an intensive fashion will inspire students to serve their country and the world. The theme for this year's Gray Colloquium series is "Globalization."